Stan Lee’s Answer to Every 'Hero vs Hero' Fight Is Brilliantly Simple

"Who would win in a fight..." is a phrase that Marvel Comics' legendary creator, Stan Lee, got a lot. Whether it would be hypotheticals that pit two icons against each other like "Superman versus Spider-Man," or something purely to compare power-levels like "Luke Cage versus the Thing," Stan had an answer to every single one of these questions. Some might think he had a lot of character abilities to memorize, but it was surprisingly a lot simpler than that.

In 2012, during the popularity of the first Avengers film, Stan Lee created a YouTube channel named Stan Lee's World of Heroes (the channel still exists as MarvelousTV). He would post a plethora of content during the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first two phases. He'd appear in the Fan Wars court sessions to judge comic book debates like "Spider-Man's First Love: Gwen Stacy vs Mary Jane" and cameo in his superhero animated series: Bad Days. Stan Lee's channel was a gift to both Marvel and DC fans everywhere. Today, World of Heroes remains a hidden gem that immortalizes Stan Lee and is a staple of a great time to be a Marvel fan.

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One of the more intimate videos in World of Heroes was Stan Lee's Stan's Rants series, where he made videos similar to his old Soapbox sections at the end of classic Marvel comic books. Of all the series on his YouTube channel, Stan's Rants probably aged the best, especially if audiences are just curious to hear Stan Lee's thoughts in comics and beyond. One of his videos, "Who Would Win," has Stan discussing the simple answer to every versus fight in fiction. He goes on to say: "There's one answer to all of that; it's so simple. Anyone should know this! The person who'd win in a fight is the person that the scriptwriter wants to win!" He gives the example of Spider-Man fighting the Thing as an example, and says "if I want Spider-Man to win, he'll win; if I want the Thing to win, he'll win."

The video ends with Stan's hyperbolic ranting, as he says: "These are fictitious characters! The writer can do whatever he wants with them! So stop asking those bone-head questions cause I've had it with that!" Stan's comments may seem obvious, but they do apply to any comic fight ever. Whenever fans discuss preparation, powers, weaknesses, and locations, they're just writing a Marvel/DC story without realizing it. But emotion is just as significant to the narrative as details—sometimes more so. So many stories have the underdog come out on top for a dramatic and fulfilling climax.

For example, Squirrel Girl has fought and defeated Thanos several times. Based on powers alone, there's simply no way anyone would say Squirrel Girl would win against Thanos. Doreen can talk to squirrels, has superhuman senses, and has a minimal array of other abilities. Thanos has defeated countless powerhouses, from Wolverine to Eternity. However, Doreen defeats the Mad Titan to subvert expectations. Comic book stories would become pretty boring if the most powerful characters were the only ones winning. A character triumphing against all odds is a huge reason why Batman and Spider-Man are some of the most popular superheroes. This reasoning was the entire point of Ratcatcher II in The Suicide Squad. To quote J.R.R. Tolkien, "even the smallest person can change the course of the future."

Fans should listen more to Stan Lee's sage advice when answering "who would win in a fight" questions. Marvel is still known to subvert expectations; for the most part, an underdog's victory means to make a fan smile, not rage about power levels. Even after his life, Stan Lee still teaches fans how to understand comic book characters and their stories.

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